The Delta County Commissioners have dealt with a number of business matters at recent meetings including the following:
• Commissioners approved the budgeted purchase of a tandem axel dump truck for road and bridge district 3. Commissioners accepted the low bid of seven received: an International 7600 from McCandless Truck Center in Grand Junction. The $129,713 purchase price came in just under the $130,000 amount budgeted. An older truck it replaces is being kept with an eye toward eventual use as a water hauler, commissioners were told.
• Commissioners approved a $50,000 expenditure for a CDOT highway access study in the Rogers Mesa corridor. The total cost of the study will be $150,000 with the balance paid for by CDOT. The county will pay $30,000 this year and the remaining $20,000 of its obligation in 2017.
• The commissioners adopted changes in the county policy for providing "spatial parcel data" from the geographic information systems (GIS) department. The new policy states in part: "It shall be the policy of [GIS] not to sell or freely give more than 25 parcels of spatial/geo-referenced data to any individual, group, or company for commercial or other purposes without a written request on company letterhead defining the nature of the [intended] use." The full policy contains caveats for selling data, for dealing with other government agencies, and for use of non-spatial data.
• Commissioners received jail census reports for June 20 and June 27. There were 44 inmates in detention and 13 in work release for a total of 57 on June 20. There were 49 inmates in detention and 11 in work release for a total of 60 on June 27.
• Commissioners gave their backing for the Delta Housing Authority application to participate in programs to assisting owner/occupants of single family residences make needed repairs, and also a program for rental property rehabilitation.
• Commissioners approved the allocation of federal funds received under the Secure Rural Schools Program. The county will receive a total $202,440 and will allocate the funds as follows: $86,016 to School District 50J; $86,016 to the county road and bridge department; and, $30,407 to county contingency for emergency response (Title III).
• Commissioners acknowledged receipt of $53,221 from the state to fund child welfare positions in the human services department.
• Commissioners were informed that the human services department is seeing signs of a decline in the food assistance caseload with 1,888 cases currently compared with 1,952 cases a year ago. Medicaid cases have increased to 5,272 from 5,122 year ago. Both programs are 100 percent federally funded but are administered locally by county personnel.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.